The New York City Police Department Patrol System

Given varying rates of felonies and emergency calls to a city's police precincts, how should the police department best allocate its patrol cars?
Linda Green  | Fall 2010
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The New York Police Department is constantly reviewing how to best allocate the 1,200 police cars assigned to its 73 precincts. Since each precinct has distinct attributes, with some traits such as a precinct's number of crimes frequently changing, the NYPD must also often tailor how it allocates its patrol cars, which respond to many of the city's annual 10 million emergency calls. In this case students examine how the police department organizes its patrol cars before creating an allocation based on a city with six precincts and data such as number of emergency calls and annual felonies.

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